The eleven projects have been awarded a six-month creative R&D period that will be followed by opportunities to share outputs on a variety of digital and physical platforms in late 2021.
Carving out time, space and resources for creative R+D can often be difficult for creative practitioners and researchers. COVID-19 has exacerbated this pressure but also demands new perspectives and imaginative solutions. King's Artists offers vital opportunities for collaborations in R+D and is part of a range of opportunities fostering innovative approaches to research supported by King's Culture team.– Beatrice Pembroke, Executive Director | Culture
The King’s Artists programme supports researchers from departments across the university to host artist residencies. By enabling collaboration, the programme contributes to the development of new thinking and creative outputs connected to research. This year, the residencies take place across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences & Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.
In exploring the theme of ‘Intelligence’, the projects, listed below, will look at a variety of subjects including:
- immersive augmented reality and playable encounters with city surveillance systems
- an exploration of breakthrough stem-cell research through art-making
- creative approaches to testing ‘intelligence’ in neurodiverse communities
- visualising cosmic rays through sonification and musical performance
Jane Wildgoose in King's Digital Lab
Working in collaboration with Neil Jakeman, Senior Research Software Analyst in King's Digital Lab, Jane will be working on a project exploring the nature of collecting in the digital realm.
Playlines in the Department of Liberal Arts
Working with Dr. George Legg, Lecturer in Liberal Arts in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Playlines will use academic research and real-time CCTV data to create an app that gamifies the rise of military urbanism in London.
It's exciting to be bringing academic research into dialogue with the latest innovations in Augmented Reality, which will allow us to visualise the hidden dimension of everyday streets and foster a deeper understanding of the city.– Rob Morgan, Playlines
Helmie Stil in the Department of History
Working in collaboration with Dr Caitjan Gainty, Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Helmie Stil is resident in the Department of History working on a collaborative project examining scepticism of modern medicine and healthcare.
Harun Morrison in the Department of Philosophy
Harun Morrison is an artist-in-residence at King's, working in collaboration with Dr Katharine O'Reilly, Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy, on a collaborative project exploring aspects of classical philosophy which resonate with living in London today.
Steven Claydon in the Department of Physics
Working in collaboration with Dr James Millen, Senior Lecturer, Steven Claydon is resident in the Department of Physics working on 'Seeing the unthinkable', a collaborative project analysing and visualing complex phenomena.
Christo Squier in the Department of Physics
Christo Squier is an artist-in-residence in the Department of Physics. Working in collaboration with Dr Teppei Katori, Reader, Christo is working on a collaborative project analysing and visualing complex phenomena.
This opportunity has opened up a fascinating set of ideas where we will explore the intersection of cutting-edge scientific research and audio-visual experiences.– Christo Squier, Cosmic Messengers
Peter Shenai in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre
In collaboration with Professor Francesca Happé, Peter Shenai is resident in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP) working on ''Taking a line for a walk'': exploring the space between intelligence, creativity, drawing, and diversity.
Sarah Carpenter in the Department of Psychological Medicine
In collaboration with Dr Anna Kolliakou, Sarah Carpenter is resident in the Department of Psychological Medicine, working on a project exploring AI in mental healthcare and treatment.
Jeremy Wood in the Department of Digital Humanities
Working in collaboration with Dr Stuart Dunn, Reader in Spatial Humanities and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities, Jeremy Wood is an artist-in-residence working on a project challenging and deconstructing the use of modern GPS applications.
You can find out more about and follow the progress of all projects on the King's Artists webpage.